Laura Fassbender is Vice President of Primary Care and Public Health Policy for The Wright Center. Laura helps guide, develop and advocate for public health policies and strategies that promote overall population health through systematic efforts to advance prevention, reduce chronic disease burden, and address socioeconomic determinants of health, as well as disparities in both care access and health outcomes.
A National Health Education Honoree, Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in public health from Temple University. She served as a public health intern with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and joined the Pennsylvania Department of Health as an executive intern in the Office of the Secretary in 2018, before being promoted to Executive Assistant and then Executive Advisor for former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, and Executive Deputy Secretary, Sarah Boateng.
During her tenure with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, she advised on diverse public health initiatives, including innovative solutions to address violence, substance abuse, poverty, and environmental health issues. She notably led the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (PacMAT), an initiative regarded as a national gold standard network model for comprehensive opioid treatment programs.